Why did Yes want…Patrick Moraz? Part 1 – 549

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This week Mark and I consider why Yes wanted Swiss keyboardist Patrick Moraz to join them after the departure of Rick Wakeman. We discuss the bands which Moraz played in and the route he took to arrive with Yes which, as you might imagine, wasn’t straightforward! It eventually led to his band, Refugee so we will be spending next week listening to their self-titled album in order to give you our thoughts on that record. Sounds like it’s going to be fun.

Patrick Moraz!

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  • What characteristics did Patrick have that Yes wanted?
  • What was Moraz up to before joining Yes?
  • Why didn’t they go for Vangelis?

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Yes singles part 13 – Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe – 332

ABWH in all its wonderful variety
ABWH in all its wonderful variety

Produced by Robert Nasir, Jeffrey Crecelius, Wayne Hall, Preston Frazier and Bill Govier

Depending on your point of view, this week we take a detour from Yes – or not. It’s time to look at Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe and the singles from that self-titled album. There are plenty of variations to consider and we also have time to think a bit about Lee Pomeroy and ARW as well.

  • Is this Yes?
  • Does it matter?
  • What were the singles like?

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An interview with ARW bassist, Lee Pomeroy – 266

Lee Pomeroy
Lee Pomeroy

Produced by Preston Frazier, David Gordon, Bill Govier, Wayne Hall and Michel Arsenault.

What a treat it was to welcome Lee Pomeroy, bassist with ARW amongst many other bands and projects, onto the show. We had a brilliant time talking to him and we hope you also enjoy listening to it. Mark reviews Time And A Word as well as taking the plunge with a new segment all about his passion for things technical in recorded Yes music. Enjoy!

  • What’s it like playing with Rick Wakeman?
  • How important is it to honour Chris Squire’s bass lines?
  • Why do you play your bass upside down?

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Episode 172 – Blasts from the past – Big Generator and Drama artefacts

Yes Magazine and Drama Tour Programme
Yes Magazine scan from Carl and Drama Tour Programme from Bob

The one hundred and seventy-second episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring two blasts from the past – a scan from Carl Coppage of a Yes Magazine and a Drama tour programme from Bob Burns.

  • What can we learn from old issues of magazines?
  • With hindsight, how do these old items read?
  • Whatever happened to Yes Magazine?

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Inside front cover showing ticket and play lists
Inside front cover showing ticket and play lists – click to enlarge

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Episode 50 – Change We Must

CD purchased circa. 1994 (Click to enlarge)

The fiftieth episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring the Jon Anderson solo album, ‘Change We Must’.

  • As a solo artist, does Jon Anderson sound like Yes?
  • Does this solo album compare favourably with Yes albums?
  • Do the many collaborators produce a worthwhile album or is it a bit of an uninspiring jumble?

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